Three-alarm fire at Fort Worth apartment tower



Posted on March 24, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 24 at 5:55 PM

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FORT WORTH — A three-alarm fire is now under control at a high-rise senior living complex in Fort Worth.

The first alarm was sounded 6:37 a.m. Sunday at the Westchester Plaza building at 550 South Summit Avenue, just south of downtown.

More than 30 units were called to the scene to deal with the evacuation of more than 250 elderly residents from the 12-story building.

Investigators said while the sprinkler system confined the fire to a single room on the fourth floor, smoke drifted to the upper floors.

So firefighters worked to get residents below the fire level where they could breathe easy.

"So in this particular case, we took them down to the lobby," said Chief Richard Harrison. "We had a big open area clear of smoke where we could set up units dedicated to the treatment of residents."

One person was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross assisted with the evacuation and worked to help keep residents safe and warm until it was safe for them to return home a few hours later.